6 Tips to Manage Seasonal Allergies Naturally

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Spring’s here. The weather is warming, the sweaters are packed away, and trees and flowers are bursting into bloom. But if you're one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies, it's hard to enjoy the season.


The not-so-great news for allergy sufferers: trees and grasses - the biggest culprits of seasonal allergies - are blossoming earlier and sticking around longer because of climate change. This means allergy season is getting longer, too.

If you’re a seasonal sufferer who’s looking for ways to treat allergies other than, or in addition to, medication, here are some tips for natural relief:

  • Get tested for regional allergies. The seasonal allergies you have can depend upon where you live. If you live in an area with high humidity, your allergic reaction will likely be stronger as pollen thrives in these areas. Getting tested for allergies can help you determine what’s causing your symptoms and how best to treat them.
  • Consider changing your diet. Some allergy specialists suggest that your diet can play a role in controlling symptoms. If you suffer from weed pollen allergies, what you don’t eat can make a difference. New York University allergist Dr. Clifford Bassett recommends avoiding melon, banana, cucumber, sunflower seeds, chamomile, and any herbal supplements containing Echinacea, as these can make symptoms much worse. 
  • Try a Neti Pot. Nasal irrigation – rinsing the nose and nasal passages, typically with a salt water solution – is a cheap and easy way to alleviate allergy symptoms. You can even do the rinse yourself at home. Be sure to read these instructions from the FDA to rinse properly and avoid infection.

  • Clean your home regularly. Twenty percent of Americans have not just one, but two kinds of allergies, so staying indoors isn’t always the best option when you’re trying to escape those irritants. Check out our green tips for cleaning your home in an eco-friendly way and make sure to get rid of all of those dust mites that make you sneeze. You could also consider purchasing a HEPA filter.

  • Buy houseplants. Plants can remove pollutants from indoor air. Try spider plants, rubber plants, peace lilies, Boston ferns, or bamboo palms, among others.

  • Plan your time outdoors. Follow the pollen forecast in your area to find out the best times to avoid being outdoors (in the summer, that's often in the morning). Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts and change your clothes and shower as soon as you come back indoors. Enjoy a walk right after a rainstorm - that's when pollen counts are the lowest.


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